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Airlines are actually banning flyers who won’t wear masks

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Airlines are actually banning flyers who won’t wear masks

Joseph HostetlerAirlines are actually banning flyers who won’t wear masksMillion Mile Secrets Team

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U.S. airlines are not in the mood.

For months now, airlines have required passengers to wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But they’re encountering many travelers opposed to wearing masks for various reasons, even though the Center for Disease Control says that masks are one of the most “powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus.” The airlines have done their best to convey their guidelines to the public, but some customers haven’t been so quick to cooperate.

This has led to airlines taking more extreme measures to enforce their policies — if you’re flying American Airlines, Delta, United or Alaska without a mask, you’re at risk of being banned from flying in the future.

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Big U.S. airlines banning customers for not wearing masks

We told you how American Airlines and United Airlines were banning passengers from flying in the future if any refused to wear face coverings. However, more are joining.

Delta Air Lines

Add Delta to that list — it may be the least forgiving of all. Their CEO, Ed Bastian, claims they’ve already added 100 names to their naughty list. Bastian said on the Today Show:

We’ve been steadily and rather aggressively stepping up our enforcement of the mask policy. You cannot board a Delta plane unless you have a mask on. If you board the plane and insist on not wearing a mask, we insist that you do not fly Delta into the future.

These are apparently travelers devoid of medical conditions that would prevent them from wearing a mask. However, the Delta website does state that anyone who is unable to wear a mask is “strongly encouraged to reconsider travel” with Delta. If you’ve got a health condition that does exempt you from wearing a mask, Delta says you should “be prepared to complete a ‘Clearance-to-Fly’ process prior to departure at the airport… [P]lease arrive early to complete the process during check-in and avoid missing your flight – this process can take over one hour… Any false claims of a disability or health condition to obtain an exemption from wearing a mask or face covering may result in the suspension of travel privileges on any Delta flight for the duration of the mask/face covering requirement.”

In other words, after masks are no longer mandatory, Delta’s travel ban on these customers appears to lift.

United Airlines

United will place non-compliant travelers on an internal travel restriction list, where they will be reconsidered for future travel dates. Unlike Delta, United hasn’t said how many people have been placed on its no-fly list.

“Customers on this list will lose their travel privileges on United for a duration of time to be determined pending a comprehensive incident review,” United said in a statement.

American Airlines

American Airlines said it may “deny future travel” for anyone who refuses to cover their face. American actually banned one flyer after he boarded a flight from New York to Dallas and refused to wear a mask.

Alaska Airlines

Earlier this month, Alaska said it will be handing out “yellow cards” to passengers who don’t follow masking guidelines after repeated requests from flight attendants while onboard an aircraft. This action could lead to a temporary suspension from flying with the airline.

Its website states, “with that warning – in the form of a yellow card handed to them – the guest’s travel with us will be reviewed and could be suspended for a period.”

Bottom Line

Airlines have said that after masks are no longer a requirement, they’ll remove flyers off restricted lists. We’ll keep you updated if other airlines begin enforcing their face-covering policies with a rod of iron. You can subscribe to our newsletter for more information on traveling amid COVID-19 delivered straight to your inbox.

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https://youtu.be/2DDXG-dHugc copy and paste this in your browser to see the truth on the mask issue

It’s a private business and they have a right to make the rules.

I won’t be flying until they get their attitude checked. This is way beyond crazy. It’s actually segregation and discrimination. There is NO national mask law. I wish them to go bankrupt. Seeing an empty JFK on Monday, it won’t be long.

A very small minority won’t wear a mask. But a much greater majority won’t fly if they don’t think it’s safe. Safe means wear a mask. So do the maths…

Attitude checked? They’re trying to protect their employees as well as their customers. If you come to my place of business in and refuse to wear a mask, I’d tell you to get the f* out too. Anyone who complains about wearing a mask is just an ignorant fool. People like you are why it’s become a pandemic.

Wow Kevin ,i think they said they wouldn’t fly while there is a mask mandate , in the meantime people like you should probably hide behind your sofa with 2 masks on ,you’ll be safe and sound there forevermore.

Read it again and pay attention this time Faith. “This is way beyond crazy. It’s actually segregation and discrimination. I wish them to go bankrupt.” Doesn’t sound like “oh I just won’t fly”. Not flying is a personal choice, but bashing them and wishing bankruptcy is a bit extreme Faith.

Grow up. Masks work to protect others from infection, but I’ve found that if you encounter an adult who needs to have “you should care about other people” explained to them, you’re probably wasting your time. Can’t follow trivial public safety measures? Drive by yourself. Your would-be fellow passengers will be grateful.

Seb, Tracy and Rocco: You and the other non mask wearers need to just be put in jail for murder because that’s what your doing by spreading your fluids on the rest of us. Or made to work in the Covid wards of hospitals without any protection as you’re superior and don’t need it. You’ll be safe in prison too.

Personally, barring valid exceptions, anyone who refuses should lose ALL flying priveliges with the airline FOREVER. They should never be allowed on that airline again. There is no punishment unless it is really punishment and being banned forever would do the job. Yes, probably be lawsuits all the way to the Supremes, but if they won’t follow airline rules now when lives are at risk why should the airline assume they will do so in the future? It should be like sex offenders not being allowed, forever, to live closer than 1,000 feet from a school.

Excellent! People that care about their health will be the ones flying. Bravo!

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